Sanicle - Sanicula europaea


Short to medium hairless plant. Leaves are shiny green, palmately lobed with three to five wedge shaped toothed lobes, teeth ending in a short bristle. Flowers are pinkish or greenish white, borne in tight, uneven umbels, bracts are small and linear.

Identification difficulty

Deciduous woodland.

When to see it

Flowers May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread, but often local, found in most of Britain except eastern England and the north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Locally frequent in some parts of Leicestershire and Rutland, but absent in others. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 79 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, old woodlands, occasional

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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